Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Gareth raises concerns about homelessness at PMQs

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On Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions I raised with the Prime Minister a letter written by Right Reverend Geoff Annas, the Bishop of Stafford, who wrote to the Conservative run Stoke-on-Trent City Council to plead with them not to cut £1million out of the homelessness support budget.

I asked "Does the Prime Minister agree with Bishop Geoff when he said that the measure of society can be found in the way that we treat our vulnerable people? And if so, will she join his calls for the City Council not to cut its homelessness support budget?

Sadly the Prime Minister decided to ignore my question and failed to condemn the Council for their proposed cuts.

But I'm not going to shut up about homelessness and I'm not going to stop talking about the council's awful proposals. I believe that we have a duty to protect the most vulnerable in society and I think the government and the council should be ashamed of their actions. Let's not forget as we enjoy the festive period there will be 120,000 children will do so in temporary accommodation. It's quite frankly a national disgrace.

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